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3 years ago

Flight Control lands in the Android Market

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Having sold millions of copies worldwide on those other (lesser) platforms, Flight Control for Android has landed in the Android Market, courtesy of the folks at Namco. If you're unfamiliar with Flight Control, it's a pretty fun game to play if you're looking to get in on some android gaming.

The basis of the game is to guide your planes to their same-colored runways without crossing the paths of other planes that you are also guiding in for landing. You simply trace out with your finger where you want the planes to go and should they crash -- well, game over for you.

Flight Control is available for $4.99 and includes stat tracking, high score counts and up to 10 different planes on multiple playing fields. Jump on past the break for the download if you want to give it a shot. Having played it myself for quite some time, I can say it is one of those games that will keep you coming back for more until you beat it.

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3 years ago

Wired magazine for Android

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Youtube video for mobile viewing

We've already seen Android tablet apps for Sports Illustrated and a few other magazines. And another shining example of how print can and should publish in the digital mobile space is Wired magazine.

It's dynamic, it's colorful, it's animated (but not overly so) -- and it's the future of what periodicals can and should look like. We caught up with publisher Conde Nast at the Android Booth at Mobile World Congress. Check it out.

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3 years ago

Kittehface does live wallpapers right

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

You gotta love a nice live wallpaper on Android, and developer Kittehface Software has quite a handful. From holiday themes to patriotism to fish, there are myriad options available. We caught up with Kittehface at Android's booth at Mobile World Congress to take a look. Enjoy.

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3 years ago

HongTouTou trojan identified, found in Chinese language websites [security]

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android trojan

The folks over at Lookout have released information about another Android trojan application -- named HongTouTou.  As we saw with the Geinimi trojan, this one has only been spotted in re-packaged (yes, we mean cracked) apps on a few Chinese language websites.  Specifically mentioned was the popular game RoboDefense, which has been cracked and pirated all over the web.  The Market version, both free and paid, of RoboDefense is unaffected -- only apk files that have been tampered with are affected.

What this one does is send data containing your device ID to a remote host, which returns a string of search engine URL data.  Then it emulates background keyword searches, generating clicks on specific results.  It's clearly designed to use your phone to increase click-through counts and generate a bit of income for the people who wrote it.  The HongTouTou trojan also has the ability to download an .apk that monitors your SMS messages and inserts keywords into the conversation.  Researchers at Lookout say they have not seen the trojan attempt to install the apk, but they have been able to disassemble it.

Lookout also says that users of their Android security suite (free or premium) have received an OTA update that protects them from HongTouTou. 

Here's the breakdown -- just like on your computer, if you go looking to pirate apps you just might end up with more than you bargained for.  That's your call, but if and when this happens, you can only blame yourself.  As of today, there has not been a case of true malware found in an app downloaded from the Android Market, and we haven't heard of any from other reputable third party marketplaces.  If you want to be safe, download and install a security app, and stay away from pirated applications. [Lookout Blog]

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3 years ago

FlightTrack wallpaper, FlightBoard app help make travel look cool

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Youtube video for mobile viewing

I've raved about Mobiata's FlightTrack app before, and for good reasons -- it's just about the best at helping me keep track of where in the world I'm going. And it's just gotten better in a couple of big ways.

First is with the addition of a live wallpaper that shows flights in progress. If you're a travel nerd, airplane buff or just like shiny things, you'll want to check it out.

Then there's the recently released FlightBoard. Previously available for iOS, it does what the name suggests -- it's a slick way to see what flights are coming up when.

We caught up with Mobiata for a quick demo at the Android booth at Mobile World Congress. Check it out.

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3 years ago

Share your Androidify creations

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Androidify

Google does a lot of really cool things, but some times they just get it right the first time.  Take Androidify for example.  Making yourself, loved ones, bitter rivals, or co-workers into Androids is fun.  Using Androidify, it's simple.  When simple and fun get together, you just can't beat it. 

I know we have a lot of creative readers, and Android Central forums member jjcasillas15 (that tall drink of water you see above is his!) started up a great thread to share what ya got.  It's bound to get interesting, so jump right in and share.  Androidify yourself!! Share your Androidify avatars .

Didn't install Androidify yet?  That's an easy fix.  Hit the break for the download link.  [Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

The Words with Friends Lounge [From the Forums]

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Words with Friends

With well over 50,000 downloads in just a few hours, Words with Friends for Android is already a huge success.  Yes, there's a few kinks to work out, but we totally expect Zynga to get everything sorted in short order.  They're Zynga -- games is what they do.  Like you guys, we've been waiting for this one to hit Android and now that it's here we've set aside a small fenced in area in the forums just for it.  In the Words with Friends Lounge you can forget all about the carrier discussion, debate about who makes the best Android phone, and even the endless hacking some of us like to discuss after we've broken things customized our phones.

Jump in and find someone to play against, discuss strategy, do a little friendly trash-talk, and anything else WWF related.  And if you have friends with an iOS phone/pod/pad/thingy, invite them over -- we love everyone in the lounge.  If you haven't already, you can grab Words with Friends for Android after the break. [Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

150,000 apps in Android Market, tripled in 9 months

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Android Market

As Eric Schmidt mentioned in his keynote address at Mobile World Congress, the Android Market now has over 150,000 applications.  The number of apps has tripled over the past nine months, and grown by a full third since last fall.  They're getting better as well -- I think we all have noticed applications of a much higher quality appearing, as well as cross platform apps and games from the bigger developers.

It's a testament to Android's extremely fast growth, and we don't expect it to slow any time soon.

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3 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Feb. 14, 2011 (Valentine's Day Edition)

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 app picks

import human.lover.man
import human.lover.woman
import bottle.french.wine
import box.belgian.chocolates
import music.cd.barry_white

public class Dinner extends RomanceProvider

private class Candles extends boom-chica-wow-wow

For those of you who don't know what in the world was just said, have no fear you are not alone. Our very own Jerry Hildenbrand has decided to serenade us with a geeked out Valentines Day poem. Let's hit the break together and take a look at some great Valentines Day applications for your favorite Android device. Especially if you've forgotten it was Valentines Day and are now rushing to figure something out.

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3 years ago

Android quick-app: Big Camera Button

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Big Camera Button

If you ever take a self-pic with your smartphone -- stick the camera in your hand, extend your arm, point it at your melon and hope for the best -- you know how it can be a bit of a crapshoot. And unless you have a physical camera button, the tiny shutter buttons on the screen don't help matters any.

Enter Big Camera Button. It does exactly what you see. Press the shutter button once, and your screen changes to a Big Camera Button. No more hoping you hit the right spot. It's stupidly simply, and makes self-pics a breeze.

There's a free "lite" version, and a 99-cent version. Download links and a slightly NSFW video of it in action are after the break.

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3 years ago

Sports Illustrated Android apps (phone and tablet) now available

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Sports Illustrated Android app

Sports Illustrated has launched its official Android applications in the Android Market. Available for phones and tablets with Android 2.1 and above, the sports news magazine published by Time Inc. has a trio of pricing plans:

  • Print/Digital (Samsung Galaxy/Android Smartphone/Web): $48 annually or $4.99/month
  • Digital Only: $3.99/month
  • Current print subscribers have free access to the digital package throughout the remainder of their term 

We took a look recently at the tablet version of Sports Illustrated (Market link) on the Motorola Xoom, and it was pretty darn striking. (Check out the video after the break.) It's the same principal on the phone. You download the edition, and get all the content -- and then some -- right there on your phone. Download links are after the break. [Time Inc.]

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3 years ago

Twitter for Android turns 2.0 with slew of improvements

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Twitter 2.0 for Android

Android's "official" Twitter client -- the aptly named "Twitter for Android" -- just hit Version 2.0 and brings with it a host of performance and user interface improvements. Changes include:

  • Easier navigation and layout
  • Scan contacts to find friends who are on Twitter
  • Universal search
  • Autocomplete usernames when composing tweets
  • Easier photo uploading
  • Faster tweet actions

We're going to give this a couple days' use before passing judgment, but so far it certainly looks better than the previous version. Download links are after the break. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Redbox app lets you reserve a movie before you hit the kiosk

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Redbox for AndroidRedbox for Android

Two thinks I hate to have happen when I'm at the convenience store -- One is they run out of Funyuns. The other is I get to the Redbox movie rental kiosk and find the manly action movie I wanted to watch sensitive chick flick the wife demanded has already been rented.

No more.

Redbox has released its official app that will let you find the nearest kiosk (maps are included, natch) and reserve a movie so it'll be there when you are. You can search by genere as well and get basic info about the movie. Pretty slick, actually. Market link's after the break.

Now if only it could do something about that Funyun supply. Thanks, Jese!

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3 years ago

Dropcam now available for Android -- we go hands-on!

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Dropcam for Android

Let's not mince words here: If you're in the market for some basic -- and extremely easy to use -- webcam monitoring, you need to check out Dropcam. It's been available for some time now for the iPhone (and on a desktop web browser), and now it's come for Android.

The Dropcam folks sent us one of their Dropcam Echo cameras to test out. How did it fare? We'll discuss after the break.

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3 years ago

ZAGAT to go for Android gets a makeover and new features

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If you love food as much as I do you'll know that finding great restaurants is often times a tough task. For that we have plenty of Android apps out there to help filter out the good from the bad. One of the most respected names in that area is Zagat and just in time for Valentines day they have made some changes to their Zagat to go app for Android. Aside from the complete UI overhaul, Zagat has added quite a few new features as well:

  • Restaurant reviews and our signature 30 point ratings for Food, Decor, Service and actual down-to-the-dollar estimates for dinner costs
  • GPS - Find nearby restaurants automatically
  • Advanced Search - Mix and Match by any criteria including ratings, cuisines and attributes like Child-Friendly, Business Dining, Romantic and dozens more!
  • Top Rated Lists - Zagat has picked the “Best of” in your city like Best Burgers, Best Italian, Most Romantic and more
  • Meal Suggestions – Get tips from the Foursquare community on what to order when you get there!
  • Write Reviews – Publish reviews to Zagat.com from your phone instantly, wherever you are. No drafting, no waiting!
  • Visual Menu – Browse thousands of photos of dishes from Foodspotting
  • Restaurant Widget – Feeling lucky? Get nearby restaurant recommendations automatically. Long press on your home screen and select Zagat to get started.

If you're looking to tap into your inner food connoisseur, Zagat will cost you $9.99 for a year subscription. The update release is available now in the Android Market. Download and press release can be found after the break.

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